PSA: Langley City Community Supports Paddington Station Evacuees

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Date: 
December 13, 2016
Time: 
11:30am

Public Service Announcement

Langley, BC – Residents who were impacted by the fire at the 5600-block of 201 A Street fire were updated on the status of their buildings at the evacuee-only information centre at 12:00pm at Douglas Recreation Centre at 20550 Douglas Crescent. The meeting was facilitated by the Langley Emergency Program with the Langley City Fire Chief, Rory Thompson in attendance to provide another update to the people who were directly affected.

One 85-unit building in Paddington Station (5650 201 A Street)  was engulfed by flames at approximately 10:00am Sunday morning. Two neighbouring building were also evacuated due to safety concerns. Fire crews from the City and Township of Langley contained the fire Sunday afternoon and continued to monitor the building throughout night with the Langley RCMP's assistance. Today, engineers were evaluating the structural integrity of the engulfed building and the fire investigation will begin.

4th Floor Residents of Paddington Station, building 5650 201 A Street, have been able to access key essentials by providing a list of items to Fire Crews from the heavily damaged building. 1st, 2nd or 3rd floor residents will be able to access key essentials from the building on Tuesday, December 13th between 10:00am - 3:00pm.  People with vehicles parked in the Paddington Station 5650 underground parking lot will not be able to access to their vehicles until further notice.  Another meeting is scheduled for 5650 Paddington Station residents only at Douglas Recreation Centre on Tuesday, December 13th at 10:00am. There will be representatives from BC Housing, the Ministry of Social Development and other local organizations to provide assistance and additional information.  

Residents of neighbouring Paddington Station building (5660 201 A Street) will be able to return to their units at 6:30pm tonight and most residents who live in the neighbouring (5640 201 A Street) building have already reoccupied their space except for a few units that are directly facing the severely damaged building.

The City would like to thank all of the individuals and community groups who have reached out to support the individuals affected by this fire. Many organizations that have previously offered to receive physical donations are at capacity. If you would like to assist in this time of need, please email Paddington Station Strata Council at strataplanbcs3568@gmail.com with the subject line: Looking to Support Paddington Station Evacuees.  Due to the volume of support, we ask you to please be patience as the Strata Council navigates through this challenging time. 

 

 

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Media Contact:

Samantha Paulson
Communications Officer
Phone: 604.514.2823  
Email: spaulson@langleycity.ca

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